What is special about the Christian approach to health care? What makes CCIH unique and a critical part of the global health world? These six key elements sum up who we are and what CCIH stands for:
CCIH and the Christian Approach to Health
Holistic | The Christian approach to health is holistic, caring for the whole person, body, mind and spirit.
Compassionate | The Christian approach to health and health care is not simply delivered by doctors, hospitals and drugs, it flows out of communities and institutions of people caring for and loving each other.
Equitable | As Christians driven by compassion to serve, we are called to advocate for the poor and marginalized who often are left out of quality services.
Timeless | Christian churches are deeply rooted in communities and are with them for the long haul, continuing the compassionate health ministry that started with Jesus and continued over the centuries with the Church’s role in promoting health.
Evidence-based | CCIH blends research and evidence-based work with our faith-based calling to serve.
Unifying | CCIH spans the diverse spectrum of Christians working in global health, and connects people and organizations who share this Christian approach to health care in the spirit of Jesus, the Master Healer.
CCIH began in 1987 as a forum for Christians concerned about global health to discuss areas of mutual interest. Today we are a diverse network of organizations and individuals from across the globe. Our mission is to mobilize and empower our network to promote global health and wholeness from a Christian perspective.
CCIH serves Christians and others working in global health as it:
- facilitates networking among Christian organizations and individuals;
- builds the capacity of Christians working in global health;
- networks with secular and government international health programs;
- shares information and experiences;
- promotes inter-agency cooperation;
- raises awareness and advocates on key international health issues;
- provides a forum for discussion;
- promotes Christian health work in developing countries; and
- engages with students interested in Christian international health.
Our interaction with private, governmental and international agencies is expanding as the international community recognizes and acknowledges the pivotal role that faith-based organizations play in global health care. CCIH is increasingly being sought out by these agencies for its ability to connect with, and to be a voice for, Christians involved in international health.